One of the highlights of "Dining Among the Dead" presented by the Pioneers' Cemetery Association is the eerie tour of the cemetery grounds shortly after dusk. Glowing luminaries light the pathways as Phoenix pioneers awaken from their eternal slumber to tell their stories.
One of the gravesites the guests will be visiting is Maria E Pierson. Maria was born in Illinois back in 1839. Her family operated dairy farms in Wisconsin. While she was visiting relatives back east, Maria met a dashing young soldier named Charles P. Pierson. They were married in April 1861. Charles fought in the wars, the Indian wars, and was part of a railroad crew in Colorado in 1870.
They lived near Greeley, Colorado in the 1880’s with their six children. The family headed to Arizona in the early 1890’s. Everyone talked about getting rich in the mines. Charles tried his hand at mining, too.
Maria Pierson died on Halloween—October 31, 1902 of stomach cancer. She was 63 years old. Her funeral was handled by the undertaking parlors of Mohn & Dorris in Phoenix. From the funeral parlor she was laid to rest at Porter Cemetery--a part of the old Pioneer cemeteries.
Meet Maria E Pierson and many more Phoenix Pioneers on Saturday, October 12, 2013 when the Pioneers' Cemetery Association presents "Dining Among the Dead"--a fund raiser to help preserve the old tombstones that dot the old graveyard. Tickets are $45.00 each. The event includes a sit down catered dinner, one raffle ticket, a play by Wyatt Earp, and a guide tour through the lighted paths of the old cemetery. Reservations only!
Dress up for this event! Old West, Steampunk, Victorian, Edwardian dress is encouraged!
Contact Debe Branning at: email@example.com to reserve your tickets and for more information!
Pioneer & Military Memorial Park (Cemetery)
14th Avenue and Jefferson Streets, Phoenix, AZ